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The Museum's SR-71 in flight during its service years. Photo courtesy United States Air Force.
The Museum's SR-71 in flight during its service years. Photo courtesy United States Air Force.
Museum Holds Biennial SR-71 Blackbird Spy Plane Event for Father's Day Weekend (Photo) - 06/15/18

Dads receive free Museum admission both Saturday and Sunday in honor of Father’s Day

McMinnville, Oregon, June 15, 2018 – On Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17, the Museum showcases its Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird exhibit with presentations and speakers panels made up of nineteen former SR-71 pilots, maintenance personnel and crew. Guest speakers will discuss the program, answer questions and interact with visitors. Two panel discussions will be held per day with an additional SR-71 presentation at the aircraft exhibit. On Sunday morning a Father’s Day pancake breakfast provided by Chris Cakes Northwest will be held in the Space Museum, featuring their amazing flying pancakes! 

Museum Interim Executive Director John Rasmussen says “The Blackbird is 1960s technology built with a slide rule instead of computers—and is an aviation marvel, even today. Our visitors that travel near and far describe our SR-71 display as the best they have ever seen.”

The Museum’s SR-71A—serial number 17971—has a noteworthy history: It is one of three Blackbirds used by NASA for high-speed research in the 1990s, and was the last flyable aircraft of this type. It is also the only Blackbird currently on display in Oregon. The SR-71, a D-21 drone and much of the Blackbird’s support equipment is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

SR-71 events are free with Museum admission. Dads receive free Museum admission Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17. The Sunday morning Father’s Day pancake breakfast costs $10, and is not included in Museum admission. Full event details and a link to purchase tickets to the pancake breakfast are available online at the Museum website, www.evergreenmuseum.org.

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ABOUT EVERGREEN AVIATION & SPACE MUSEUM: 
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Call 503-434-4180 or visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for more information. Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is best known as the home of the world's largest wooden aircraft, the Hughes Flying Boat "Spruce Goose." The Museum collection also includes a rare SR-71 "Blackbird," and the Titan II SLV Missile--with its original launch room, and a new full-motion interactive flight simulator ride. Discover more than 150 historic aircraft, spacecraft, and exhibits on display, along with artwork and traveling exhibits. The Museum values its educational partnerships, which include the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Consortium and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. The Museum is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @evergreenmuseum for the latest updates.